Northern musos tune up for a Falls invasion

A SMALL army of Launceston musicians will invade the Marion Bay Falls Festival on Friday.

Seven of the city's most renowned acts, and one adopted rowdy East Coast group, will deal up the best of Northern music.

Stoner-pop group The 88s, up-and-coming East Coast punk rocker Luca Brasi, seedy blues group Guthrie, indie folk act Thieves, Younger Dryas, The Embers and Horehound will represent the area this year.

It's a massive opportunity for the musicians, according to Thieves guitarist Elliot Courtnage.

"We're all really looking forward to going down there and playing alongside all these other great bands," Courtnage said.

"It's a really good chance for us to promote our music to a larger crowd.

"The Village stage (where Thieves will play) is the perfect setting for the bands ... it's a really quirky and intimately ambient setting with a great atmosphere."

It's also one of the biggest parties of the year, a great way to send off 2012 for Younger Dryas frontman Jesse `Scumbag' Higgs and Horehound vocalist Eloise Thetford.

"With this many Launceston musicians in the same camping area, it's guaranteed to get rowdy," Higgs said.

"I've never been to Falls before," Thetford said.

"For me, it's going to be a 10-out-of-9, for sure."

FACT FILE

WHAT: Falls Festival.

WHERE: Marion Bay.

WHEN: December 29 to January 1.

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